Eric Holder suggests that changes are coming in the War on Drugs:
San Francisco — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is sending strong signals that President Obama – who as a candidate said states should be allowed to make their own rules on medical marijuana – will end raids on pot dispensaries in California.
Asked at a Washington news conference Wednesday about Drug Enforcement Administration raids in California since Obama took office last month, Holder said the administration has changed its policy.
“What the president said during the campaign, you’ll be surprised to know, will be consistent with what we’ll be doing here in law enforcement,” he said. “What he said during the campaign is now American policy.”
“You’ll be surprised to know”? Why? Just because Obama was in favor of liberalizing the policy as a candidate, then allowed the raids to continue once in office, and now is reversing himself again?
There’s no doubt that the criminalization of marihuana in America makes for stupid and counterproductive policy and law. How much more effective would our border security be if the rationale for smuggling marihuana into our country were disincentivized? Only those drug dealers who were intent on moving coke and crank and other hardcore drugs into this country would find it worth the risk. And since their numbers are much smaller, our present interdictions would thereby become proportionately more effective.
I applaud the President and his race-baiting attorney general for this important first step towards full legalization, and I hope they are not bullied off their position by the drug war absolutists whose lack of common sense is destroying lives, wasting money, and undermining our border security.
Barack Hussein Obama is giving Hamas about a billion dollars of the American People’s money. Why isn’t there more outrage about this?
And you know what sniveling little kept lapdog of a man this Administration has now set loose? John Kerry. He’s been over there in Damascus nuzzling the local dictator’s scrotality and not realizing what a tool he himself is —let alone al-Assad. And now with HRC’s heebie-jeebies over Israeli foreign policy (which, it turns out, is also Israeli domestic policy), it’s looking like our truest friend in the whole world is now at the mercy of one man’s decisions and preferences and final disposition on the very question of Israel’s existence.
I’m not overstating the danger, either.
Barack Obama. It doesn’t sound like a byword yet, but we’re only a month or so into this thing, so be patient.
Here’s an editorial in the TimesOnline about Obama’s supposedly tin ear and blind eye for corruption (emphasis mine):
Yesterday Mr Obama was forced to introduce his third nominee for Commerce Secretary, the former Washington Governor Gary Locke, after his two previous candidates dropped out – the first, Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico, because of an investigation into possible corruption, and the second, Republican Senator Judd Gregg, from New Hampshire, over ideological differences. As for Tom Daschle, the President’s nominee for Health Secretary, he had to bow out of a job in the White House to spend more time with his unpaid taxes: it was curious enough to have chosen a candidate with tax difficulties, curiouser still for Mr Obama to have assumed that his nominee’s oversight would be brushed aside.
But it’s not really all that curious, is it? Obama dwells in such rarefied circles of adulation and reflected narcissism that he is sure of his own untouchability. Which beckons the tyrant. And he assumes —rightly, as he has been protected against normal public examination of his life by the most meretricious press ever— that his best judgements will be praised and his worst deemed inconsequential. Thus, there is no balance to this man; there is only the asymmetry of his ambition in our democratic republic —skewed beyond all proportion in one direction only.
Big Media made Barack Obama what he is. They conceived of him as an instrument of so-called social progress and perpetrated him upon this country. And what will become of us? We will be forced through a protracted period of economic extremism at the hands of a very aggressive post-American neo-socialist executive. This President will continue to use the spectres of economic depression and class warfare until he has gained what he wants, which is a diminished American state where he is the local warlord who giveth and taketh away.
Just remember that: this is a President of the United States who would prefer to see the economy worsen because then he can take FDR and LBJ one step further and institute an ever larger welfare state where everybody is answerable to him and his cronies.
I liked Obama’s line about how high schoolers who drop out are not only quitting on themselves, but on their country. Good. Let’s have some patriotism out of that party once in a while.
And then back to the economic incoherency. You can’t borrow and buy your way out of debt, Obama. It won’t work.
cannot get out of campaign mode. Why can’t he just talk specifics?
Didn’t watch ‘em. Didn’t care.
Over at The Corner, Andy McCarthy notes some mixed messaging:
Jonah [Goldberg] mentioned on Friday that the Obama administration’s Friday bad/embarrassing news dump included a curt two-liner by which DOJ agreed with the Bush position that alien enemy combatants held at the Bagram base in Afghanistan have no constitutional rights. This (correct) position has much of Obama’s base up in rebellion mode. But what is most stunning is that it came at around the same time that, as Greg [Pollowitz] details, Vice President Biden and CIA Director Panetta gave speeches braying about how just these sorts of Bush detention policies (that we follow in every war) were contrary to “our values” and would not be tolerated in the Obama administration.
Now, granted, the most disciplined, well-oiled message machine on the planet could not keep Biden reined in. But Panetta? How did he not know that DOJ was about to do something that would make his remarks look foolish and uninformed? I suspect it’s because they’re flying by the seat of their pants, especially when it comes to the many areas in which the political realities of governing are crashing into their irresponsible campaign rhetoric.
I never did understand how American Constitutional rights were construed as universal. I mean, isn’t that an imperialistic expectation?
I went to a prominent local museum this morning with a member of my family to see an exhibit on immigration through the Port of Galveston. There was also a movie afterwards that reminded me in part of the “Chevy Shows” they had at Six Flags back in the 1970s.
The exhibit space and objects were interesting, by and large, but the two young ladies who took us on our tour seemed bent on instructing us, through didactic observations and rhetorical questions, on all the ways America’s White Power Structure made it tough on immigrants. Well, that may be a simplification, but their whole theme was basically that immigration laws are bad and that America should be everybody’s chamber pot. I mean melting pot.
I like looking at pretty young ladies, but some may be better suited to the cosmetics counter at a department store for all their insights on the meaning of the immigrant experience.
My paternal grandfather’s father came to Texas from the militaristic culture of Germany in October 1885. The family first landed at New York City (a fact I did not know until just a year or so ago) and thence probably to Galveston. My great-grandfather’s mother actually gave birth at sea on probably the second leg of their journey to Texas, but the baby did not live long and was buried very soon thereafter in Washington County, Texas where a young uncle lived. My paternal grandfather’s mother came from what is now western Poland a few years later and found employment with the Petzolts. They were all poor dirt farmers who came by steerage and made a new home for themselves a world away from what they knew. We have no idea what wretched conditions these people endured, but we owe them everything.
My maternal grandfather himself escaped with his family from the threat of pogroms and the reality of second-class citizenship when they left Lithuania for Philadelphia (and thence to Pittsburgh) in the summer of 1901. I suspect that my Jewish ancestors, just as my German ones, were glad to be done with the instability of revolutionary Europe and czarist Russia and regarded America as a deliverance from evil. That’s something that needs to be emphasized in museum exhibits and tours on immigration history.
(As for my two grandmothers’ families, their European immigrant ancestors first began to appear in Massachusetts in the late 1620s (Grandma’s people) and in Virginia maybe a generation later (Grandmother’s people). Of course, Grandma was probably a sixteenth Cherokee, so her roots in America are pre-historic.)
My personal theory? I think Barack Obama told Eric Holder to coordinate his stupid bullshit with Al Sharpton’s and Spike Lee’s even stupider bullshit so as to appear as simultaneously stupid as possible —as black men, in particular— and thereby draw the public’s attention away from the Real Dealio (i.e., the New Socialism) and onto stupid bullshit.
It may be Rovian, in fact. Letting some of the biggest clown-assed morans in the conventionally-known “black community” go out there and confirm every fretting caucasoid’s worst fears? Nice. Let the race hustlers get out there and do their thing while General Holder stands back and calls us cowards.
Are we going to let mobs determine what are hate crimes?
Does a Maoist shit popes in the wood?
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